Alvernia University has announced that it will change its university nickname, which has been “Crusaders” since the 1970s.
“The decision to choose a new institutional nickname and athletic mascot is the result of thorough reflection, guided by our Franciscan core values,” said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D. “We are excited about the opportunity ahead, especially since there is such widespread support for making this change.”
In preparing for this decision, President Flynn coordinated a process of consultation with student and alumni leaders, the faculty, and the Board of Trustees. Each group unanimously supported this change, as did key staff in athletics and other areas. For all at the university, a key factor was the strong, unanimous advocacy for the change by the leadership team of the university’s sponsors, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters.